Faces of the Federal Budget

The Faces of the Budget project tells the story of the federal budget through ordinary folks' personal experience.

Medicare has made it possible for me to continue living. I have had five stent operations…. So, literally, my life depends upon the fact that I am able to go to the doctor. More

David from Austin, TX | Map

The more you make, the more you’re penalized, the more [taxes] you pay. So, people go through life in this country thinking, 'you know, the harder I work, the [higher] percentage I pay.' More

Mark from Urbandale, IA | Map

I’ve been sitting here trying to figure what I can do if Social Security stops. What am I going to be able to do to support us? More

Emmette from College Corner, OH | Map

I would absolutely not be able to go to college if I didn’t receive federal aid. More

Laura from Stafford, VA | Map

I'm one of those people who believe that taxes are like dues that you pay to belong to a great club - in this case a great country. More

Ann from Chicopee, MA | Map

We are spending 27 cents out of each tax dollar on the military.... I love this country [but] we need to find ways to reduce this burden by more than half. More

Bill from Denver, CO | Map

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